Bangor police investigating residential burglary spree

Posted Dec. 09, 2013, at 5:13 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — City police are investigating a rash of residential burglaries that occurred late Sunday night or early Monday morning while several of the victims were asleep in their beds.

The Bangor Police Department fielded seven burglary complaints from residents of Wiley and Holland streets and Thomas Hill Road, according to Bangor police Sgt. Catherine Rumsey.

The break-ins occurred sometime between 10:30 p.m. Sunday and 5:30 a.m. Monday. The owners of five of the seven homes that were hit were home and asleep, Rumsey said.

Items ranging from cash to a television were stolen from each residence. Rumsey said that entry to the homes was made in several different ways and that in most cases it appeared the suspect took cash from purses and wallets that were sitting near the area of the entry door.

The burglaries are currently under investigation by the department’s Criminal Investigations Division, Rumsey said.

Although there is no way to guarantee not becoming a victim of a burglary, Bangor police noted that the chances can be greatly reduced by locking up one’s house, even while at home, installing outdoor lighting and investing in deadbolts.

Residential alarms also can help reduce the risk of burglaries. If working with an alarm company is not financially possible, homeowners should consider purchasing one of the self-installed alarms available at most home improvement stores. Having an alarm that sounds when a door is opened can at least alert people in the home that there might be a problem, and the noise may cause a suspect to flee.

Anyone with information about these burglaries or who saw any suspicious people or activity in the neighborhood is asked to call the department’s tip line at 947-7384, ext. 6.

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